Looking Back: Franklin County’s history April 21st

Franklin County’s history

Take a look back at Franklin County’s history through news and photos that appeared in local newspapers 25, 50, and 100 years ago on April 21st.

25 Years Ago

April 21, 1996 – Sunday

“Local businessman buys St. Paul’s property”

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County's history April 21st
Larry Rife is the new owner of former church site.

Chambersburg – Downtown businessman Lawrence Rife is the new owner of the former St. Paul United Methodist Church property on Second and Queen Streets.  

It took weeks of negotiations and shuffling through deeds dating back to 1815, but Rife signed the official paperwork Friday.  The final price: $289,000.

“I look at this as a great opportunity for myself, the community and downtown,” Rife said.

The church will lease the red-brick education building on East Queen Street until it builds a new sanctuary at the Fifth Avenue extension. The expected completion date: winter of 1997.

Until then, Rife plans to open the empty lot on Queen Street for parking. His long-term vision includes a possible school or medical complex.

“This sale is a positive sign for downtown Chambersburg,” said Adrian Simpson, the REMAX real estate broker who handled the sale.

“Here’s a local businessman who has decided to invest in the downtown.  The community can only see-this as positive.”

St. Paul was destroyed last year in a $6 million arson.

The church had formerly hoped to recoup $400,000 from the sale of the two properties.  But Pastor Harold Posey, expressed only relief and enthusiasm over Friday’s sale.

50 Years Ago

April 21, 1971 – Friday

“Fairview-Tomstown School Will Not Be Used Next Year”

The Waynesboro School Board, decided to not renew its option on the Fairview-Tomstown School property at a meeting Tuesday night.

In June 1968, at the request of Quincy Supervisors, the district executed an option for the sale of the Fairview-Tomstown building when it was no longer needed for school purposes. Two annual renewals were granted since then. The current option will expire June 18.

Quincy Township plans to use the site as a pumping station for a proposed future municipal water system. Due to difficulties in acquiring the water site and other problems, the township has not acted to pick up the option.

At the close of the current school year, the district will abandon the building and shop classes, held therein, will be rescheduled to Antietam Junior High School.

The recommendation of the school board states that the present option with Quincy Supervisors will not be renewed after June 18 and there will be no further extension.

100 Years Ago

April 21, 1921 – Saturday

“Second Hand Cars”

We have a fine lot of second hand cars which will pay you to inspect before buying:

  • 1919 Buick Roadster, all cord tires
  • 1919 Had son, 7 passenger all new tires
  • 1919 Willey’s Six, 7 passenger all -new cord tires, one spare tire
  • 1920 Oak land $650.00 and up
  • 1918 Studebaker, $400.
  • 1917 Chevrolet $300.
  • Baby Grand $350.
  • 1917 Franklin Touring, a bargain
  • 1914 Cadillac 7 -passenger, a bargain $350
  • 1917 Ford truck $225.
  • 1917 Ford roadster $250

We have just received a car load of latest model Essex which we are displaying at our garage.

25 % off tires including Goodyear, Goodrich, U. S., Republic and Firestone. All tires to be guaranteed absolutely first.

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